“Greater Newry Talks Back” to take place in Ballyholland

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
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On Thursday 4 April Community Restorative Justice will host a “Greater Newry Talks Back” initiative in the Ballyholland Community Centre.

This free event, which is open to everyone, is the culmination of the work carried out by CRJ’s Digging Deeper Project funded by IFI through the Peace Impact Programme and in liaison with the Newry City Forum which is a previous successful initiative.



Speaking at the Launch of the event Councillor Oksana McMahon, Vice-Chairperson of Newry Mourne and Down District Council stated that this unique engagement is “a major first for Ballyholland and will emphasise our community’s right to have their say as affected citizens due to our proximity to the border.”

Cllr. McMahon also praised CRJ’s outreach efforts in assembling what she described as ‘a truly diverse Talks Back panel’.

“This capable assembly combined with the economic expertise of the moderator Dr. Conor Patterson will allow the people of Crotlieve and Newry City to participate fully in these discussions around quality of life issues which will impact the future of everyone living in the border areas.”



Oksana’s message was endorsed by Gloria Havern, Ballyholland Sunshine Club, who emphasised the need for local people to make their voices heard in what are “rightly or wrongly historic times”. 

“The high profile representatives from academia, journalism and politics will provide for an excellent evenings discussion on real issues affecting ordinary people. On 4 April all roads lead to Ballyholland,” she added.

The Greater Newry Talks Back initiative takes place on Thursday 4 April at 7pm in the Ballyholland Community Centre.



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